Monsters for Kids: the Making of “Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik"

Filmed on December 12, 2019 in San Francisco

Christina Newhard of Sari-Sari Storybooks at our "Community Talks & Holiday Party" series.

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Christina Newhard
Publisher at Sari-Sari Storybooks

Monsters for Kids: the Making of “Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik"

Filipino mythology is still very little known, despite it being as broad and complex as the Greek and Roman pantheons. Sari-Sari Storybooks founder Christina Newhard will talk about the process of adapting the most terrifying monster of Filipino folklore—a fetus-eating viscera-sucker called the tiktik—into the hero of a children’s book.

In this talk with the Designers + Geeks community, Christina will share the process of creating and designing: “Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik”. She’ll talk about the failed earlier version of the story, understanding age-appropriate themes, working remotely with Cebu-based design team Happy Garaje to illustrate the book, and how monsters can help us better understand being human.

Christina Buhain Newhard has been fascinated with books since she was five years old. Born in Manila to a Filipina mother and American father, she moved to the U.S. at the age of 10, but always holds the Philippines in her heart. A love for text, image, and story moved her to pursue a career in graphic design. After 20+ years in the industry, she now runs her own design consultancy, Newhard Design, in Oakland. In asking the question, “how can design strengthen Filipino culture in a meaningful way?” Sari-Sari Storybooks was born. The press has since published four titles in four Philippine languages. Sari-Sari Storybooks has received positive coverage from the Nerds of Color, The Seattle Review of Books, Smart Parenting PH, The Aswang Project, The Fil-Am, IndyKids, NBC Bay Area Asian Pacific America, and the Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI. Christina lives in Oakland with two black cats.